At 7:00 ET, the Boston Celtics (-517) will take on the Houston Rockets (+391) in a non-conference matchup. The Celtics are currently favored by 10.5 points and have a record of 32-10. Houston is 11th in the Western Conference at 20-21.

This game will take place at the Toyota Center in Houston. NBCS will have the TV coverage for this game, and the over/under line is currently at 228 points.


The Pick: Houston Rockets +10.5

This game will be played at Toyota Center at 7:00 ET on Sunday, January 21st.


  • We have this one finishing with a projected score of 118-115 in favor of the Celtics.
  • Our projections have Jayson Tatum finishing with Jayson Tatum points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists.
  • From the field, we have the Celtics finishing with a field goal percentage of 47.6% and knocking down 18 threes.

Is a Road Win Possible for Boston?

Today, the Celtics are favored by 10.5 points on the road against the Rockets. This season, Boston has been favored in 39 of their 42 games, going 30-9 in those games. As the favorite, they have an average scoring margin of +10.4 points per game.

In terms of their ATS record, the Celtics are 20-20 for the season and 8-12 ATS on the road. Their straight-up road record is 12-9, and they have an average scoring differential of +4.6 points per game.

Boston’s O/U record for the season is 22-20, and their last three games have gone under the posted total. This year, their games have averaged 231.1 points per game, compared to today’s line of 228.

Despite being favored by 7.5 points, the Celtics lost their last game to the Nuggets by a score of 102-100. This dropped their overall record to 32-10, which is still good for 1st place in the Eastern Conference.

In the Eastern Conference, the Celtics have gone 23-6 against other teams and are 9-4 in non-conference games. Overall, they are 1st in the East.

This season, the Celtics have been one of the best three-point shooting teams in the NBA, leading the league in both three-point makes (16.2) and attempts (42.6) per game. Overall, they are 5th in three-point shooting percentage (38%).

On the road, Boston is averaging 118 points per game, which is 7th in the NBA. Overall, they are 4th in the league in scoring at 120.4 points per game.

When it comes to two-point field goals, the Celtics are 5th in the NBA in shooting percentage (56%). However, they are 29th in two-point makes and 30th in two-point attempts.

So far this season, the Celtics defense has been performing well, ranking 4th in the NBA at 110.7 points allowed per contest. For the season, Boston is ranked 29th in fewest fouls per game. Team’s are averaging 19.4 free-throws per game vs. the Celtics and have an overall field goal percentage of 45.2%.

Will Houston Secure A Victory as Home Underdogs?

Houston is 21-19 ATS this season and has failed to cover the spread in their last seven games. At home, the Rockets are 15-7 ATS compared to 6-12 on the road.

As the underdog, Houston is 9-19 straight-up and 12-15 vs. the spread. They have been the underdog in 28 of their 41 games this season.

The Rockets’ O/U record for the season is 19-22, and 33 of their games have had lower over/under lines than today’s (228). On average, their games have finished with 224.7 points.

In their last game, the Rockets defeated the Jazz by a score of 127-126. The O/U line for that game was 235.5, and Houston was favored by 2.5 points.

Houston’s win over Utah improved their overall record to 20-21, which is currently 11th in the Western Conference. In non-conference games, they are 5-11 compared to 15-10 against the West.

The Rockets are looking for their third straight win today, and they are 16-6 at home this season. So far, they are 3rd in the Southwest Division.

At home, the Rockets are scoring 114.3 points per game, which is 22nd in the NBA. Overall, they are 22nd in scoring at 112.6 points per game. So far, they have outscored the NBA average in 39% of their games.

When it comes to pace, Houston is 17th in the league at 98.7 possessions per game. In terms of field goal percentage, they are 25th at 46%. From three-point range, the Rockets are 26th in the NBA at 35%.

So far this season, Houston is 14th in free throw attempts per game at 23.7. In terms of assists, they are 24th in the league at 24.7 per game.

Houston’s defense has been playing well, ranking 11th in the NBA with 112.0 points allowed per game. On two point field goal attempts, the Rockets’ defensive unit is allowing a field goal percentage of 53.8% and allowing 33.9% from beyond the arc.